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Jerzy Kokczyński „Boczkowski”

Lance Corporal Jerzy Kokczyński "Boczkowski" was born 12 November 1920 in Poznań. In 1940, he moved to Warsaw with his family. From 1941, he was a part of the National Military Organisation, and later of the National People’s Military Organisation. He graduated from the underground National Armed Forces Infantry Cadet School. In the Uprising, Kokczyński served in the General Władysław Sikorski National Armed Forces Regiment (‘Sikora’), based in Czackiego Street in City Center North. In September, his unit was directed to move outside of Warsaw. Faced with the impossibility in doing so, the unit joined with Second Company ‘Ziuk’, ‘Milosz’ Battalion. After the capitulation, Kokczyński volunteered to join Company ‘A’, which was tasked with the supervision and protection of soldiers and civilians departing Warsaw. He was awarded the Cross of Valour in the final phase of the fighting, for preventing German attacks on the Parliament building. As sole caregiver for his mother, he left the city with the civilians, but successfully escaped during transport. After the war, Kokczyński settled in Poznań and, alongside with his ‘Sikora’ colleagues, launched himself into the underground student movement. He worked as an economist. Kokczyński died 30 April 1998 in Poznań.

 

  • On 50 Agfa Superpan negatives, Kokczyński captured his unit, fighting in the City Centre in the areas of Czackiego and Świętokrzyska Streets, including the day the Holy Cross Church and Police Headquarters on Krakowskie Przedmieście Street were taken. He photographed, with the permission of his unit leader, on breaks from fighting. Therefore, this is not a report from the front, but from the wings of battle. The shots are static, and oftentimes, posed. Two rolls of film, developed during the Uprising in a photo lab on Nowy Świat Street, survived. The other two were given to his friend, and were unfortunately lost, after he got rid of them before being taken captive.
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